Month: April 2016

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Interview: Gillie and Marc | Artists

Soulmates in life and in work, Sydney-based contemporary artists Gillie and Marc have combined a love of animals, art and travel into their 25-year-artistic collaborations. The result: two characters that have taken on lives of their own, Dogman and Rabbitgirl, which feature prolifically in every art medium they create, from sculptures and paintings to photography and jewellery. We love their work so much, we’re now featuring their Rabbitgirl and Dogman vases on our store. Come and meet Gillie and Marc … Please introduce yourselves and tell us how you’ve ended up where you are today. We’re Gillie and Marc, award-winning contemporary artists who believe everything is made better through togetherness. Our journey began 25 years ago when we got married and started making art together. Our iconic characters, Dogman and Rabbitgirl, reflect our incredible love story while celebrating the powerful bond between humans and animals. We paint, sculpt and photograph with the goal to create joyful, thought-provoking and interactive works that challenge the status quo. How did the Dogman and Rabbitgirl theme begin? We first got the idea on a family trip …

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DIY Friday | 4 Projects to Make

Are you feeling in the mood for a craft project? I fancy learning how to reupholster but have yet to enrol in a course. Here are four DIY projects I’ve found that don’t require booking yourself into a workshop … From top left to right: This is like reupholstering 101: take an old office chair with a metal frame and transform it with paint and some rope. Just make sure you don’t slacken off on the rope tension! Find out how at A Pair and a Spare. Now that you’ve got a new desk chair, you need some new desk accessories. These geometric cork containers work for all kinds of stationery plus pot plants, and you can even hang them on your wall. Learn the ins and outs at Paper ‘n Stitch. Satisfy that sweet tooth during a mid-afternoon slump at the office with this Chocolate Grapefruit Tart, made from chocolate pastry, grapefruit jam and chocolate tahini ganache. My mouth is watering already! Get the recipe at Twig Studios. Now all you need on your desk is some decoration. …

Link Love - art, essays, gardening, upcycling, embroidery

Link Love | 4 Stories that Caught my Eye

From top left to right: Some people in Bucharest live below ground in the sewers. Milan-based artist Biancoshock turns abandoned manholes into mini rooms to raise awareness of those living in the sewers. Biancoshock specialises in urban interventions. Learn more at Lost at E Minor. If you love a good read and sometimes tire of a lengthy book, essays are the new go-to. Yen Magazine has rounded up a series of enlightening, heartfelt and inspiring essays that can be enjoyed in one sitting. Be warned: you may need tissues. Sticking with the typewriter theme, here’s a way to give an old typewriter a new look and purpose. If you’d rather keep your typewriter intact, there’s all sorts of old furniture-turned-garden upcycling in this article. Don’t want your sofa? Transform it into a daffodil plot. What about that abandoned shopping trolley? Filled with flowers, it’s never looked better. Get inspired at Bored Panda. If you prefer far less maintenance with your plants, Maryland-based photographer and artist Emma Mattson, has the answer with her embroidered moss gardens or, as she …

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Interview: Greg Mann | Jewellery from Cutlery

While others might look at a spoon and think cereal, Greg Mann looks at one and thinks jewellery. For more than 20 years Greg has been fashioning jewellery from all sorts of culinary wares no one else wants. Cleaned and scrubbed free from things like leftover cereal, each piece is re-imagined, tweaked, bent and polished into rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and cufflinks. He even does bespoke engagement and wedding rings. Come and meet Greg and his unique re-invented jewellery … Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My vocation in the arts began with a bridging course at TAFE and touching on various studio practices. I then studied ceramics, but still used a variety of material and did small scale workings. I returned to jewellery full time through a Fine Arts degree course at RMIT in Melbourne and entered a world of rigorous discourse into wearables and materials. After travelling and living in other countries, doing various jobs, I considered trying to make …